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to do reporting on it. i think john roberts recognized that the obamacare case, falling on top of bush -- citizens united in 2010, had, for a third time, five republican justices in a highly partisan way trashed the dreams of democrats, i think there would have been damage to the court as an institution. >> do you buy the argument he was concerned about how the court is viewed? >> absoluttly. >> isn't he only concerned about the law? not the optics, the institution. >> he's concerned about the supreme court as an institution in the american life. it is important for the justices to recognize they don't live in an ivory tower that is completely divorced from the real world. i think the justices are very aware of the broader world. you know, there are justices on that court who believe, today, that same-sex marriage should be legal in all 50 states. but they know if they were to rule that alabama and mississippi and texas, for that matter, have to have same-sex marriage tomorrow, they know the political implications of that. they will say look, let's way. let the states deal with it. tha
presidents, all of them titled rating the first lady's. john benjamin roberts th second. one-on-one is brought to you isy month. why don't we have a woman president in the unite states? why haven't we had one? >> i think the answer to that is simply that american women may not be ready for it. a majority of the voters ar fee may president we would probably have one. i'm being a little bit flip. the thuth is we are not a and women have not really focused on politics unti the last couple of decades so we haven't developed a team that can move up to theprey >> what do you make of the women occupy seats in the united states congress? compared to the rest of the pretty much near the bottom. something like number 6 around the world in terms of that women are not terribly for office when that changes, we'l >> you written a fascinating book here and it's hard to >> thank you >> i managed to put it down. because i wanted to take some notes. your central proposition o the book is that a lot of americans, perhaps most americans, by far most, regard first ladies as kind of glitzy devoted
, and that is the answer to long long-term budget deficits. >> john: the same kind of socialism that they all enjoy. robert reich as always many thanks for coming on the problem and making it seem so simple. >> thank you. >> john: nine in robes are still trying to decide if racism is still a problem. that's coming up next. they thinking? save them. woolite everyday cleans your jeans and won't torture your tanks. woolite washed clothes look like new, longer. the natural energy of peanuts and delicious, soft caramel. to fill you up and keep you moving, whatever your moves. payday. fill up and go! the bar harbor bake is really worth trying. [ male announcer ] get more during red lobster's lobsterfest. with the year's largest selection of mouth-watering lobster entrees. like our delicious lobster lover's dream, featuring two kinds of succulent lobster tails. or our savory, new grilled maine lobster and lobster tacos. it's back, but not for long. [ woman ] our guests go crazy for lobsterfest. my favorite entree is the lobster lover's dream. what's yours? come celebrate l
sheep. thank you both for joining us this afternoon. >>> next, chief justice john roberts and his 30-year crusade against the voting rights act. stay with us. >> to hear voting rights referred to as a racial entitlement, how do you react to that? what were you thinking? >> it is just appalling to me. it is an affront to all that people died for, that people bled for, and those of us who marched across a bridge 48 years ago. we didn't march for some racial entitlement. everyone's retirement dream is different; how we get there is not. we're americans. we work. we plan. ameriprise advisors can help you like they've helped millions of others. to help you retire your way, with confidence. ♪ that's what ameriprise financial does. that's what they can do with you. let's get to work. ameriprise financial. more within reach. and i have a massive heart attack right in my driveway. the doctor put me on a bayer aspirin regimen. [ male announcer ] be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen. go talk to your doctor. you're not indestructible anymore. >>> is it possible th
>>> have a great sunday. >> take care, everybody. john roberts' next. >> the white out is gone but the blackout remains. hundreds of thousands in the northeast still in the dark as the serious business are digging out gets under way. we'll have live fox team coverage. >>> an ex police officer goes from huntatory hunted. the manhunt for the cop turned suspected killer goes on. support -- >> no confirmation without information. not satisfied with answers on benghazi, senator lindsay graham threatens to hold up the nominee unless he gets answers. karl rove defends his super pac against charges his aim is a tea party purge. i'm john roberts, america's news headquarters live from the nation's capital starts right now. >>> we begin with a manhunt for a former lapd officer turned accused killer. edthelet chief ordered a reviewf the disciplinary case that led to his dismaysal. dorner alleges his law enforcement career was undone by racist colleagues. the police chief promise to say hear him out if he surrenders. we've the latest. this guy has not been spotted in a while. seems he's gon
. >> now we should see a decision by sometime in june and with chief justice, john roberts, tough questions for both sides, he may once again have the deciding vote. >> with three days, there are no signs the white house and congress are working towards a deal. president obama traveled to a shipyard in new port news, virginia, where he says workers would have to be furloughed if $46 billion is taken out of the defense department's budget. republicans say you should stop leaving washington and meet with them. >> where's the president's plan to avoid the sequester? have you seen one? i haven't seen one. all i heard is he wants to raise taxes again. >> now the president wants to see a mix of new tax revenue and targeted spending cuts. republicans say they agreed to raise taxes in the fiscal cliff deal last month and they say that is enough. >> federal workers here in our area are bracing for a major cut in their pay chucks. furlough notices are expected to go on friday and force days off can begin as early as april. peggy fox visited a local family today. they have a few extra worries with
of the united states is this man's last hope. john roberts with the news outside the prison in jackson, georgia. what does this new ruling indicate? >> reporter: they just denied a stay of execution for warren lee hill. in addition, they denied an appeal from a recent court ruling that found that warren lee hill was not mentally retarded. a short time before the ruling his supporter gagged on the steps -- gathered on the steps of the capital saying it would be a miscarriage of justice for him to be put to death because in 2002 the supreme court ruled it was a violation of the eighth amendment to put to death a person who is mentally retarded. they have evidence from those three doctors who back in he way retarded. here's what one of them said. quote, my judgment that mr. hill did not meet the criteria for mild mental retardation was in error. the doctor going on so say he believes mr. hill has an i.q. of approximately 70. his growing legion of supporters which now includes the family of his victim that he caild back in 1990 and former president jimmy carter are hopeful that one last stop here w
>>. >> bret: john roberts with a live report of the stay execution in just a minute. finally tonight, president obama recently returned from a golf trip. he made headlines like golfing with tiger woods but the press was kept away, it was secret. at the same time we have not learned about the administration's drone program, always secret. so, maybe there is a coincidence with these two stories. >> bret: thanks everybody. that is it for this edition of special report, fair, balanced and unafraid. >> shep: this is the fox report. tonight, a death row inmate scheduled to die this hour in georgia, his lawyers argue he is mentally disabled and moments ago a major development. plus, prosecutors outline their case against the blade runner, oscar pistorius. why exactly did he kill his girlfriend? they say he strapped on his prosthetic leg and shot his girlfriend in cold blood, but his lawyers say that is not how it went down. this is what was all just a tragic accident. now, a model's family mourns. and an olympic athlete cried tears of his own in court. plus sea thieves ripping off p
there is still much -- fluctuating much debate whether to expand fossil fuels in the country. tonight, john roberts looks at two communities sharing a common border but holding vastly different views about one energy source. >> like so many small towns across america, tuwanda, pennsylvania, reeling from the drain of the economic life blood manufacturing. that is, until gas companies came calling. >> job growth is phenomenal. business growth is phenomenal. >> 1200 quells have be drilled around the boom town. most in pennsylvania. all the new revenue allowed bradford county to retire the $5 million debt and lower property taxes by 6%. it has been great for business. at cindy's jewelry store. selling pendants and rip only a roughneck could love. >> don't worry about retirement as we did before. vacations are better every year. >> slowdown in fracking because of the rock gas prices. >> it goes through, it ebbs and flows. if a person wants a job, they a job. they can go to work tomorrow morning. >> shale gas drilling is economic game changer for town and vil lanels in the rural pennsylvania tha
and applause ] >> supreme court chief justice john roberts swearing in the the constitution mandates the president take office on january 20th, which fell on a sunday this year. president obama becomes the second president to take the oath a total of four times, including twice during his first term. vice president joe biden also being sworn in for a second term, and the white house releasing president obama's new official portrait ahead of the inauguration. the death toll from a terrorist attack at a bp natural-gas plant in algeria continuing to rise. algerian forces searching the refinery for explosives finding dozens more bodies, many badly disfigured, making it difficult to tell whether they are hostages or militants. american, french, filipino, and british workers among the hostages. against the wishes of foreign governments, algerian special forces stormed the plant to end the four-day siege at the remote desert refinery, moving in to stop what government officials say was a plot by islamic extremists to blow up the complex and kill their captives with mines placed throughout t
entitlement. chief justice john roberts asked if the government believed the citizens in the south are more racist than the citizens in north. roberts said current data on voter turnout revealed more problems in massachusetts than mississippi. congress did not rely on current data when in 2006 it re- authorized the voting rights act. it continued to rely on rates of minority voter registration and turnout in the elections of 1964, 1968, and 1972. alabama attorney frank ellis said congress should look at the modern-day south. >> we ask for some recognition that we-- these jurisdictions have made great strides over the last 48 years. >> reporter: the liberal justices strongly defended the law saying congress had thousands of pages of evidence documenting discrimination. judge sonia sotomayor said "discrimination is discrimination, and what congress said is it continues." said justice stephen breyer, "the disease is still there. it's gotten a lot better are a lot better, but it's still there." that's why civil right attorney debo adegbile said the provision is as necessary today as a generatio
reporter john roberts now. with the benefits that fracking can have for small communities. >> reporter: a governor who may run from president in 2016, and a environmental lob who is threatening t go to war with him if he opens new york state to fracking, the real losers could be thousands of new yorkers who could reap the economy benefits from hydraulic fracking. take bradford county, pennsylvania, the most drilled upon county in pennsylvania, they have been doing it since 05, the county seat losts had manufacturing base, but it has been a boom town since fracking took off they paid off county debt, lower property taxes, by 6%, and unemployment has ticked up a little bit with the slowdown in drilling because rock bottom gas prices, unemployment rate is full 2 2 points below what it is in nearbial meyera, new york. they cannot understand why this idea of america energy independence is not a national priority with the jobs is it would bring. >> we have spineless elected officials that need to stand up and talk about good news that amica developin in energy, i don't understand what you kn
with john roberts as chief justice. >> john: can you explain who ed blum is and what his role is in challenging the voting right act. >> he runs a group that is set up to challenge laws like affirmative action. blum is a guy who is a stockbroker. he ran for congress in texas. he lost. he decided the "e" voting right acts was the reason why he lost. he lost to an african-american so he decided he didn't like the voting right acts. he has gotten money from a consortium from "donors trust ." it gets money from a who's who including charles koch of the koch brothers. and and so what happened donors trust gave blum a lot of money. he has $1.2 million in the last five years that has allowed him to pay for major law firms that go before the supreme court. >> john: it's mystifying when you consider the g.o.p. is publicly saying we need to do more things to attract non-conservative non-white male voters. is there an end game that no one is paying attention right now and what are the odds of this being turned over by the supreme court. >> there are two thoughts. one is that we should re
on the back burner. maybe it should look to pennsylvania. john roberts with this tale of two states. john, what's going on? >> well, it could be all about politics. you have a governor in new york state who might run for president and environment lobby threatening war if he does allow shale gas drilling. we report, you decide. the big losers this could be the thousands of new yorkers who could benefit from the economic benefits of fracking. look at bradford county, pennsylvania. 1200 wells have been fracked. the county seat is still a boom town and retired a $5 million debt, lowered property tax by of%. unemployment is up because of a slow down in drilling but 2 points less than he will meyer i can't. new york. the commissioner says it's an economic game-changer and he can't figure out why the energy independencend jobs it brings would not be a national prioritity. >> we have elected officials that need to talk about the news of development of energy. i don't understand what these people are thinking. >> you talked to environmental groups in new york state, they believe in you allow frack
with the chief justice of the united states john roberts jr. john roberts jr. who cast the vote that saved the president's signature achievement of his first term the health care legislation. president greeting sonia sotomayor, one of the newest members of the supreme court. and elena kagan, the newest member. general martin dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. making his way to the podium now. and here's the president of the united states for his fifth state of the union address. (cheers and applause) thank you! (cheers and applause) thank you. (applause) thank you. thank you. >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. (cheers and applause) >> thank you. thank you. (applause) thank you very much. thank you so much. thank you. thank you very much. thank you. please everybody have a seat. mr. speaker, mr. vice president members of congress, fellow americans. 51 years ago, john f. kennedy declared to this chamber that the constitution makes us not rivals for power but partners for progress. (applaus
's all the time we have. stay tuned for "special report." >> good evening. i am john robert for bret baier this evening. this is a fox news alert. hostage standoff involving a 5-year-old boy has ended in alaba alabama. the child is safe. the man who apparently kidnapped him is dead. get the latest from jonathan serrie live in midland, alabama. we know law enforcement stormed this bunker that he had been keeping this 5-year-old in for a number of days. was he shot dead by police? did he take his own life? >> that is a great question, john, we don't know. law enforcement authorities gave us a play by play but did not take any question as to what happened. they only informed us that the suspect 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. they had been trying to negotiate through out this ordeal which was about to go into a 7th day through out the ordeal. it sounded like negotiations were peaceful. mr. dykes allowing them to supply comfort supplies to the little boy. supplies such as medication, snacks, such as cheez-its and toys such as a red hot wheels car he requested yesterday. but today al
john robert for bret baier this evening. this is a fox news alert. hostage standoff involving a 5-year-old boy has ended in alaba alabama. the child is safe. the man who apparently kidnapped him is dead. get the latest from jonathan serrie live in midland, alabama. we know law enforcement stormed this bunker that he had been keeping this 5-year-old in for a number of days. was he shot dead by police? did he take his own life? >> that is a great question, john, we don't know. law enforcement authorities gave us a play by play but did not take any question as to what happened. they only informed us that the suspect 65-year-old jimmy lee dykes is dead. they had been trying to negotiate through out this ordeal which was about to go into a 7th day through out the ordeal. it sounded like negotiations were peaceful. mr. dykes allowing them to supply comfort supplies to the little boy. supplies such as medication, snacks, such as cheez-its and toys such as a red hot wheels car he requested yesterday. but today although they did not elabora elaborate, authorities say the negotiations started to
. siemens. answers. >>> i'm john roberts in washington. the story today is president obama's plea to congress to avoid the looming sequester cuts. tonight on special report, the president says the economic recovery could short-circuit if spending cuts go through. he wants a package of alternative cuts and tax increases to head off the quest asker. a justice department memo says it's legal for the u.s. government to kill american assists abroad if senior members of a terror group. the house judiciary committee held the first hearing on immigration reform. some lawmakers are in favor of fixing it a little at a time. others pushing for a comprehensive overhaul. >> missile batteries operational in turkey not far from the border of syria and acknowledge u.s. military involvement. special report from washington starts at 6:00. now back to new york and the 5:00. >> and the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ oh say does that sawyer. >> during the super bowl we're used to seeing displays the patriotism an
to avoid devastating defense sequester cuts. this is special report. >>> good evening, i'm john roberts in for bret baier. the white house dreamed of a specker of spending cuts to reach a budget deal. it was supposed to be a bluff but today president obama called his own bluff pleading with congress to kick the sequester deadline down the road. to win them over he offered a package of spending cuts and more tax increases. how was that playing on capitol hill? here's ed henry. >> warning the nation's economic recovery hangs in the balance, president obama prodded congress to stop a series of massive spending cuts that could threaten national security urging them to come up with a short term combo of lesser spending cuts and tax increases beyond what he signed at the end of december. >> if they can't get a bigger package done by the time the sequester is scheduled to go into effect, then i believe that they should at least pass a smaller package. >> president says the sequester puts hundreds of thousands of jobs in jeopardy from classrooms to the pentagon and defense lie lockheed martin w
died that day. listen again. john. robert kirkpatrick and my father then they all gathered at the memorial where the names are etched to provide each other with memories of their lost loved ones and support for each other. shep? >> shepard: jonathan, i understand you talked to a man whose father died that day? >> yes. you just saw him reading some the names. his name is michael. he lost his father william 20 years ago today. and i asked him if he has found that the intervening 20 years to find forgiveness. listen here. >> it's hard to forgive. it's impossible to forget. i will always remember my dad that day. i'm so glad that we do this every year. forgiveness is a little more difficult. what would you say to your dad today? i would just tell him that i love him and i miss him and a day doesn't go by that i don't think about him. >> and no doubt the same goes for everybody who lost one of their loved ones that fateful day 20 years ago, shep? >> shepard: jonathan hunt in lower manhattan tonight. well, the at that timed up starierced basketball who once wore a wedding dress t
to me. and sitting right next to him, the chief justice john roberts was as clearly hostile today, just without the gratuitously inflammatory racial language. i don't know if he likes the gasping as much. the lawyer arguing for shelby county, alabama, that the voting rights act should be dismantled said today in court i think the problem to which the voting rights problem was addressed is solved. he said everyone agrees it's been very effective. section 5 has done its work. what happened today is that the conservative majority of the supreme court signaled that they are going to dismantle the voting rights act. not on the basis of evidence that it isn't needed anymore. congress assembled 15,000 pages of that evidence that it is still needed back in 2006. and after looking at 15,000 pages of evidence and taking 21 hearings and ten months of the dea bait, they decided to vote unanimously in favor of keeping it. the court seems like it has decided to kill this pillar of the voting rights act today. not because of some new evidence that it isn't needed anymore. that evidence went to congres
. >> john: robert surrey told them today that the two-state solution is on life support. is this an assessment you agree with? >> it really is an assessment that many is israelis are talking about in public. it was part of the recent campaign which saw many centrist political parties in israel garner seats. and in fact, more than they had in the previous government. israelis are concerned. there is a lot of discussion and debate in washington as well amongst middle east about the dem graphic issues, the question of what to do to ensure israel maintains its jewish character and the palestinians have a viable state. that won't be resolved through military back and forth. the stalemate so to speak of the situation is one where it requires negotiation. the israelis have said they want a diplomatic solution. the palestinians have, as well. the key now is to figure out how to get the two intense together enough so they can parse through the hard details of such a discussion. >> john: two-state solution has been the policy of the last three presidents of our country. but is it
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be off. we'll get back to you later this hour. >> shep: john roberts from georgia. investigators are hunting for criminals who made off millions of dollars worth of diamonds. wait until you hear how they pulled off this airport heist. plus, this woman admits, i shot my boyfriend, stabbed him, slit his throat and hours ago and to for videotaped first time she told the court exactly what happened on the day he died. that is ahead from the journalists at fox news. >>. >> shep: this was a height like few others, police in belgium say eight robbers carrying machine guns just pulled off one of the biggest diamond thefts in history and never fired a shot. here is how it happened according to them at brussels. moments after the armored truck delivered a shipment to the plane, the robbers cut a hole in the airport fence and came in dressed as police officers. when they got to the armored truck, they held up the pilot and security crew while they pulled more than 100 boxes off that plane. the word is the diamonds in those boxes could have been worth about $50 million. investigators say the
] mystery solved. that's it for "special report" tonight. i'm john roberts. thanks for joining us. good night from washington. "the fox report" with shepard smith is next. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, droning americans. the once secret government documents that lays out when it is okay for the u.s. government to kill american citizens. plus, a woman accusing an ex-boyfriend in a last-ditch effort to win over the jury admits she did it. >> did you kill travis alexander? >> yes, i did. >> shepard: stabbed him, shot him, slashed his throat, she admits it all but she says she had a very good reason. plus, world class skier lindsey vaughn badly hurt in a big crash, air lifted right off the mountain. now, questions about whether organizers should have ever allowed this race to go forward. and, the whale that picked a bad spot to surface. >> oh my -- >> shepard: coming up, close encounter in a canoe. but first from fox this tuesday night, stories of sex, lies and the lover's bloody death. tonight, the defendant in a high profile murder trial in phoenix again testified in her ow
out. that's it for "special report" for tonight. i'm john roberts in for bret baier. good night from washington. "the fox report" is next. >> shepard: this is the fox report. tonight, pictures from massachusetts. waves crashes as a major winter storm moves into the northeast. plus, any minute now we're expecting law enforcement to updates us on this manget the manhunt for this excop accused of killing three people and promising to kill many more. we will bring that to you live. plus, the secret service looking into who apparently got into the email accounts of the bush family. but first from fox this friday night. a winter weather alert. and a potential record-breaking blizzard. now causing havoc in the northeast. here's a look at boston coming here. can you see how hard the wind is blowing already. officials have activated hundreds of national guard troops and airmen all across the region to help with what could be the biggest storm some areas have seen in more than 30 years. it's hitting over a wide swath. pennsylvania, new jersey, new york, connecticut, maine, new hampshire, rhode
terror strike? this is special report. >>> i'm john roberts in for bret baier. the terror attack against the u.s. mission in benghazi is our topic. testimony on capitol hill has ignited a fresh round of debate today. what's not going away are questions about last year's terror attack in libya after panetta's final testimony yesterday. >> if i were a family member and one of my loved ones was killed in benghazi, i would be sick to my stomach. >> republican lindsey graham declared on twitter the president, quote, has to announce for his leadership on benghazi after panetta and general martin dempsey testified, they spoke to the president only once during the eight-hour attack. >> one time. >> right. >> you talked to him how many times? >> the same one time. >> graham and his republican colleagues repeatedly pressed panetta on why there was no direct follow up with mr. obama after they met in the oval office. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary penta, and said how is it going? >> normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of
cain. you don't want to miss that. i'm unroberts in for -- i'm john roberts in for shannon bream today. have a great rest of our weekend and if you are in new england get to shoveling now before the rain comes in later captioned by closed captioning services, inc. >> chris: i'm chris wallace. what is the state of our union? foreign and domestic? as president obama prepares to address the nation tuesday, he faces a buzzsaw of issues. automatic spending cuts. gun control. immigration reform. and the resurgent al-qaeda. we will talk about all this with two of washington's heavy hitters. house democratic leader nancy pelosi. and senator john mccain. pelosi and mccain only on "fox news sunday." then, senators grill the president's nominee for cia director over the targeted killing of terrorist suspects. we will ask our sunday panel about new demands to lift the veil on drone strikes. and our power player of the week can tell you almost everything the president does and how you often he does it. all right now on "fox news sunday." >> chris: and hello again from fox news in washington. when preside
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supreme court led by chief justice john roberts has taken a very different view, one that tends to equate money with speech. the roberts court has voted to limit or val indicate every campaign finance law considered over the past several years. how worried should we be about this case? some say we should be preparing for citizens united part two. it has found an unlikely champion, president obama. the "new york times" supported that the president's advocacy group, organizing for action, is essentially selling access to the white house. according to the times giving or raising $500,000 or more puts donors on a national advisory board for mr. obama's group and the privilege of attending quarterly meetings with the president. president obama felt differently about the role of money and politics. >> that's one of the reasons i ran for president because i believe so strongly that the voices of ordinary americans were being drowned out by a clamber of a privileged few in washington. >> where did that guy go? joining us now from washington is fred worthheimer, president and ceo of democracy 21.
with stanford professor john roberts who co-authored a study showing for certain jobs home work can be more productive. for jobs that require teamwork and collaboration, not so much. apple and google have two of the leading video conferencing apps out there and leasing out real estate in voracious rates here because they want people in the office. >> is branson out of line by criticizing another ceo on how she should run the company? >> we'll ask our co-host for the hour cme executive terry duffy who knows mr. bronson personally and has had a chance to get some comments from him. also with us, herb greenberg. we should note that cnbc and yahoo! do have a business alliance to share and co-produce editorial content. terry, i'm going to start with you, if i could. you reached out to mr. branson, first of all. do you think he's out of line to insert himself in that conversation? he's an outspoken guy. >> well, trying to be very politically direct today and that's down the path. knott not for me to decide. i'm a big fan of sir richard branson. an amazing individual and have built the company fro
florida and texas. but despite these very recent examples, chief justice john roberts has said things have changed in sne south. he says the voting rights act now raises series constitutional questions. but here's the response of one man who paid for his right to vote with blood, sweat, concussion, and tears. >> we still need section 5 and that's why we're here today standing up for the voting rights of all americans. >> let's turn now to pete williams who joins us live from the supreme court. pete is our justice correspondent. as i understand it, this is an opportunity for the supreme court to consider whether racial discrimination at the voting booth is still a serious challenge for voters and whether the voting rights act is still necessary. you've been following the day's proceedings. what's your impression of how members of the court see the issue? >> my impression, martin, is that at least five members of the court have doubts about the constitutionality of this law. what they're concerned about is not the idea of the preclearance requirement. it's the practice of where it's applied.
a passionate show last night, but what is your take on chief justice john roberts and his interesting dynamic with his interpretation of what section five would mean? >> well, i think that it is a clear threat when you have the chief judge saying what he said. the fact of the matter is we're not talking about a problem of 45 years ago. we're talking about just in the very last election a few months ago saw all kind of voter suppression that disproportionately impacted blacks. ending early voting in areas around the country where blacks were the majority that autos the early voting. going to the polls, stopping the use of regular id requiring government id. any number of studies showed the racial imbalance there, so this is why you need section five to continue in the voting rights act. if it had not been for that section, the justice department couldn't have come in and stopped those changes of voting in texas and in georgia, so to be -- the defense that we heard, martin and i as we sat in that courtroom yesterday, was that we're not the only ones that have a bad pattern of this too. well, th
. as the president speaks all down the left-hand side you can see the president greeting the chief justice, john roberts, as you are looking president to the left of him will be all the democrats. to the right of him will be all the republicans. sometimes you'll see one side of the house stand up and cheer. other times the other side will cheer. left side it's the democrats, on the other side, it's the republicans. >> that is one big observation we'll be trying to make now. >> chris: that fellow he hugged is mark kirk the senator that suffered a severe stroke and has just returned very moving that he has been able to make it all the way back to this session of congress. >> it's inspirational to see him climb the steps. one thing we'll be looking for what effort the president makes to reach out to the other side, to show some bipartisan spirit, this is a president that campaigned that he would do that and he hasn't been able to do that. 14 1/2 minutes we have the president ready to deliver his state of the union address. [ applause ] >> chris: i can tell you, no love lost between the president an
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